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USA Elite National Track Championships - CN

USA, October 1-5, 2008

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Day 5 - October 5: Men: Madison, Team Sprint; Women: Points race, Team Sprint

Pearce dominates final day

Watkins, Higgins sweep men's and women's sprint events

By Andy Lee, USA Cycling

USA Cycling awarded the final 10 Stars-and-Stripes jerseys over the weekend as the 2008 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships concluded in Carson on Sunday.

Colby Pearce (Garmin-Chipotle) claimed a pair of national titles, winning both the 30-kilometre points race and teaming up with teammate Daniel Holloway to win the Madison. In the points race, Pearce finished with 66 points after lapping the field twice and winning three intermediate sprints to finish ahead of Kirk O'Bee (Health Het-Maxxis). O'Bee scored 48 and Holloway 35 points, respectively. With his third-place overall finish, Holloway also claimed the U23 national title in the points race.

In the Madison, Pearce and Holloway scored 38 points to beat Guy East (CRCA) and Austin Carroll (Rock Racing), while the pairing of Ian Moir (/Rock Racing) and Daniel Heeley (Southbay Wheelmen) finished a lap down to place third.

In the women's points race, Kacey Manderfield (Verducci Breakaway Racing), 22, won the event to claim both the elite and U23 titles. Manderfield was one of six riders to lap the field and won two intermediate sprints to score 34 points. Alison Powers (Colavita-Sutter Home) was second with 29 points, while Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci Breakaway Racing) finished third with 27.

In the men's keirin, Jimmy Watkins (Momentum) outsprinted Justin Williams (Rock Racing) and Lanell Rockmore for the elite title. For Watkins, it was his third title of the week after he also won the match sprint and teamed up with Dean Tracy (Land Rover-Orbea) and Kelyn Akuna (Veritas Cycling) to score a team sprint championship.

Women's sprinters also took center stage over the weekend as Cari Higgins (Proman-Paradigm) completed a sweep of all three events. After her keirin title on Friday, Higgins won the match sprint and teamed up with Liz Reap-Carlson (Verducci Breakaway Racing) to win the team sprint.

In the match sprint, Higgins initially qualified second behind Reap-Carlson, but eventually won the national title with two straight head-to-head victories over her in the finals. Eventual fourth-place finisher in the women's match sprint, Cristin Walker (Northwest Cycling Club), earned the U23 title.


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Men's Madison
1 Garmin / Chipotle                               38 pts
 Colby Pearce (Garmin/Chipotle)                     
 Daniel Holloway (Garmin/Chipotle)                  
2 Crca / Rock                                     15 pts
 Guy East (CRCA / Sakonnet)                         
 Austin Carroll (Rock Racing)                       

One lap behind
3 Southbay Wheelmen                               20 pts
 Ian Moir (Rock Racing)                             
 Daniel Heeley (South Bay Wheelmen)                 
4 Successful Living                               14 pts
 Cody O'reilly (Successful Living)                  
 Kirk O'bee (HealthNet/Maxxis)                      
5 Wolverine Sports Clu                             5 pts
 Iggy Silva (Team Rock)                             
 Luke Cavender (Wolrvine Sports Club)               
6 First Rate Mortgage                              3 pts
 Kenny Williams (First Rate Mortgage)               
 James Stangeland (Gin Optics Cycling)              
7 Wheel And Sprocket                               3 pts
 Chad Hartley (Jittery Joe's)                       
 Andrew Crater (Team Wheel & Sprocke)               

Two laps behind
8 Rock Racing                                       
 Justin Williams (Rock Racing)                      
 Jackie Simes (TIME Pro Cycling)                    
9 Gentle Lovers                                     
 Steven Beardsley (Gentle Lovers)                   
 Daniel Harm (Broadmark)                            
DNF Pa Lightning                                    
 Michael Chauner (PA Lightning)                     
 Tucker Brown (PA Lightning)                        
DNF Amgen-Giant Masters                             
 John Walsh (Time Factory)                          
 Keith Ketterer (Amgen/Giant Masters)               
DNF Abd Geargrinder                                 
 Daniel Lionberg (Colorado State Unive)             
 Zach Watson (Athletes By Design)                   
DNF Matrix / Rbm                                    
 Andrew Armstrong (Matrix / RBM)                    
 Andrew Kruse (SPEEDFIX p/b Cane Cr)                
DNF Vitamin Cottage                                 
 Karl Erickson (Vitamin Cottage)                    
 John Teal (Hammer)                                 
DNF Vagan Death Squad                               
 Zak Kovalcik (Team Beer)                           
 Jack Lindquist (Vegan Death Squad)                 
DNF Guiness                                         
 David Klipper (Guinness)                           
 Julian Kyer (RMCEF Racing)                         
DNS Indiana Hand Center                             
 Tom Hanley (Indiana Hand Center)                   
Men's Team Sprint
1 Unatatched                                 0.47.39
 Dean Tracy (Land Rover - Orbea)                    
 Kelyn Akuna (Veritas Cycling Team)                 
 Jimmy Watkins (Momentum cycling)                   
2 Team Rock                                  0.48.21
 David Espinoza (Herbalife)                         
 Lanell Rockmore (Gotham Cycling)                   
 Justin Williams (Rock Racing)                      
3 Hurricane Ike Serviv                       0.49.43
 Ryan Crane (GCCA - Toyota)                         
 Daniel Walker (Northwest Cycling Cl)               
 Andrew Weathers (GCCA-Toyota)                      
4 Midwest Express                            0.49.64
 Chris Ferris (Sub11 Racing)                        
 John Mathieson                                     
 Taylor Olson (SpeedFix)                            
5 Pete Gio Brian                             0.49.93
 Giovanni Rey (Montano Velo Track)                  
 Peter Billington (Whole Athlete)                   
 Brian Peterson (Webcor/Alto Velo)                  
6 Bike Central                               0.50.76
 Brian Abers (Bike Central)                         
 Mark Godfrey (Bike Central)                        
 Steven Beardsley (Gentle Lovers)                   
7 Vegan Death Squad                          0.51.60
 Zak Kovalcik (Team Beer)                           
 Jack Lindquist (Vegan Death Squad)                 
 Joshua Schwartz (Organic Athlete)                  
8 Kahala - Lagrange                          0.51.94
 Chad Millikan (Fog Racing/La Habra)                
 Stuart Press (Kahala-LaGrange)                     
 Eric Manuel (Team Planet-X Master)                 
9 Ouch Sports Medical                        0.52.26
 Adam Duvendeck (Momentum Cycling)                  
 Vann Johnson (GS Adams Avenue)                     
 Brent Kay (OUCH Sports Medical)                    
10 Veritas                                   0.52.76
 Matthew Martinez (Veritas)                         
 Kieran Cox (Kaiser Permanente/ T)                  
 Nathan R Frechen                                   
Women's Points race
1 Kacey Manderfield                               34 pts
2 Alison Powers                                   29
3 Theresa Cliff-Ryan                              27
4 Christen King                                   25
5 Julia Manley                                    23
6 Megan Guarnier                                  21

One lap behind
7 Rebecca Quinn                                   19 pts
8 Anna Lang                                       13
9 Shelley Olds                                     8
10 Kimberly Geist                                  8
11 Catherine Fiedler                               6
12 Annette Williams                                5
13 Colleen Hayduk                                  4
14 Cassandra Holman                                1
15 Gina Barbosa                                     
16 Katharine Lundby                                 
17 Jennifer Reither                                 

Two laps behind
18 Kelli Jones                                   -13
DNF Christine Chang                              -20
DNF Shelby Reynolds                              -20
DNF Norrene Godfrey                              -20
DNS Heather Ross                                    
1 Kacey Manderfield                                 
2 Julia Manley                                      
3 Kimberly Geist                                    
4 Catherine Fiedler                                 
Women's team sprint
1 Proman / Verducci                          0.36.49
 Liz Reap-Carlson (Verducci/Breakaway R)            
 Cari Higgins (PROMAN/Paradigm)                     

2 Home Depot Center                          0.37.40
 Becky Lang (Home Depot Center)                     
 Dana Feiss (Tri State Velo)                        

3 Team U23                                   0.38.78
 Cristin Walker (Northwest Cycling Cl)              
 Andrea Fisk (Velo Bella-Kona)                      

4 Sho-Air/Team Velo Sp                       0.39.35
 Boyenger Cj (SHO-AIR/Team Velo Sp)                 
 Shane Ellis (SHO-AIR/Team Velo Sp)                 

5 Bike Central                               0.39.97
 Shelley Hughes-Godfrey (Bike Central)              
 Elizabeth Newell